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Five Tips for Swimwear Care

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Your swimwear takes a beating – sun, sand, chlorine, salt, sunscreen lotions…. and it needs proper, tender loving care if it is going to look good all season long.  Here are a few tips to help you make that happen:

  1.  Have more than one swimsuit, and never wear the same suit two days in a row.  Spandex is a memory fiber, so your suit needs time to dry naturally and remember its original shape.
  2.  Thoroughly rinse your suit immediately after each use to remove the chlorine, salt, sand, skin and tanning lotions and other harmful things it has been exposed to.
  3. Do not wring your swimsuit of excess water. Wrap your suit in a towel, gently squeeze to remove water and then remove from wet towel.
  4.  When you get home, promptly hand wash your swimsuit using tepid water and a mild or gentle soap.  If you use hand soap, use one without moisturizers in it.  Again, place in towel and squeeze excess water.  DO NOT use a washing machine for your swimwear!
  5.  DO NOT place your swimsuit in a clothing dryer. Shape to size and lay flat on a towel to dry.  DO NOT hang it on a line to dry in the sun or shade.  The weight of the water settling at the bottom of the suit will distort the shape.

As always, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to ask us.                             

 

SHOULD I USE CHLORINE BLEACH?

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ENJOY your time with friends and family this Easter! 

Do you ever wonder what to do when it is all over? The grass and dirt stains from the Easter egg hunt are a mess. What about those juice spills? Then of course there are the table linens!!!

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Keeping your white linens WHITE!

Despite what you think, the use of chlorine bleach is NOT the answer.  Yes, chlorine can be an amazing whitening product, but only when used under the right conditions.

If you’ve ever wondered why your freshly washed and bleached cotton table linens yellowed or became dingy looking during storage, chances are the reason is you added chlorine bleach to the wash.  If you’re distressed by a brown stain in a spot where you ‘pre-treated’ a food stain with chlorine bleach, the likely culprit is the dab of chlorine you thought would solve the problem!

Unfortunately, no amount of hot, cool or cold water rinsing will completely remove all the residual chlorine from a fabric.  A chlorine free condition can only be achieved through the use of an ‘anti-chlor’; a product that is not routinely available to consumers and can ONLY be purchased by professional cleaners.

In addition, chlorine should never  be used on silk or woolen fabrics, or any synthetic fabrics such as polyester or nylon, since it will chemically degenerate the fabric, causing brown or yellow discolorations.  If a white cotton fabric contains a fluorescent-based optical brightener, the chlorine will often break down the optical brightener, causing the fabric to develop a yellow or pink hue.

So, the safest way to care for your table linens, or those holiday clothes at home is to avoid the use of chlorine bleach, or better yet, if you want them to look their pristine best, bring them in for professional care.  Not only will they be clean, white and chlorine free after processing, you won’t have to stand at the ironing board and iron them!

Life at Oakwood – Post 6

ATTENTION TO DETAIL

Oakwood Cleaners has you covered!

Pants and Shorts

Doris Pressing Pants

Doris, our pant specialist checks to make sure cuffs are pressed correctly and creases are put in the right place.

No creases you say, well, she makes sure those pants and shorts that don’t get creased are done correctly too!

Dresses, Blazers, Suit Coats, Children’s items and more…

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Eva our supervisor and presser extraordinaire handles dresses and gowns among other hard to press items.

She know just where to press the lapel on a sports coat so that is rolls perfectly.  It is amazing to watch her as she moves through the garments at hand.

Cottons and Linens

Edgar pressing

 

Cottons and linens require extra care and Edgar is the man for that job.

These garments are not your everyday items that can be pressed on an automatic pressing apparatus.

He takes the time necessary to make sure the clothing you treasure comes back to your satisfaction and beyond.

 

Attention to detail is important to us at Oakwood and we love it.

Our Production Manager

OPERATIONS • PRODUCTION • SPOTTING
Aubrey does it all!
If you were to come to the Oakwood Cleaners plant in Hermitage, on any given day, you would find Aubrey doing a plethora of tasks.

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If he is at the computer you can bet he is researching the most up-to-date equipment or the best way to tackle a stubborn stain to make sure we get your items back to you as good as new if not better.

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We call him the “Spot Master”! Aubrey works directly with the production team before and after cleaning to address delicate issues. He is always testing our spotting agents to figure out the best solution for the most difficult of jobs.

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Plant operations is of the up-most importance to the safety and consistency of production. Aubrey is on top of our machinery, computer systems and production flow to ensure a quality work environment for the production team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIFE AT OAKWOOD CLEANERS – POST 2

Say hi to Lizeth!

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She has been part of the Oakwood family for almost 9 years, during which time she has been pregnant 3 times including right now! Lizeth is still working to make sure your pants are pressed to perfection. Ready to pop, she will be leaving next month for maternity leave, but you can rest assured she will be back.

(Side note– Lizeth is also one of our go to team members  for pressing the beautiful wedding gowns that come to Oakwood Cleaners. More about that later in another post.)

 

Rosa is ready and willing to take on the job of pressing your pants.

 

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She has been with us almost a year and has caught on to the “Oakwood Way” very well indeed.

We have your garment care covered from top to bottom at Oakwood Cleaners.

 

Life at Oakwood Cleaners – Post 1

Have you been to Oakwood Cleaners lately?

Rachel Lunsford our Customer Service Manager has been with the Oakwood Cleaners family for one year.

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She is a bundle of energy that makes you smile the minute you hear her friendly voice. Questions, issues, compliments – give Rachel a call.

If you happen to notice a bright blue Honda driving I-65, I- 440 or I-40 it is probably Rachel going back and forth between our 3 locations in Nashville, Cool Springs and our plant in Hermitage. She also has been known to make deliverys and pick up items!

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Our employees know that if Rachel is to stay happy, she needs her coffee. Starbucks, Grande Americana with 2 shots of Peppermint.

Customer service is a #1 priority at Oakwood Cleaners and Rachel is here for you.